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Local resident wins by turning key phrases on 'Wheel of Fortune'

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Emily Sweet of Los Altos, inset right and above in her newly won car, proved quite fortunate during a recent appearance on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Now that the wheel has spun and her episode aired, Los Altos native Emily Sweet can revel in the little details of her big “Wheel of Fortune” win.

After taping the show in September – and making off with more than $65,000 in prizes – she had to stay strictly mum until the episode’s Oct. 31 airdate.

WomenSV helps affluent women overcome abusive treatment

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WomenSV founder and director Ruth Patrick speaks at a fundraiser last month. The illustration behind her depicts the lifelong consequences of domestic violence. WomenSV focuses on abused women in middle- to upper-income communities.

• Mission: WomenSV promotes the basic human right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own homes. The organization focuses on women who have suffered intimate partner violence perpetrated by powerful, affluent abusers in middle- to upper-income communities.

• 2016 update: WomenSV offers direct client services and awareness-raising public presentations and professional trainings. The organization helped 94 women this year, for a total of 603 women served since the organization’s inception in 2012.

ALearn aims to raise college-going rates in underserved students

Underserved students increase their college aspirations and eligibility with ALearn

• Mission: ALearn provides high-quality math and college readiness programs to low-income, underserved students to increase their college aspirations and eligibility, and to significantly raise their college-going rates.

• 2016 update: ALearn has expanded its scope, working with students in grades 6-12 and piloting a program for fifth-graders as well.

Mental health agencies to merge

Two Bay Area mental health organizations, Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, are scheduled to merge in January.

With an operating budget of $32 million, the combined organization will reach more than 14,000 people annually with programs that aim to build bridges to wellness, resiliency and self-sufficiency.

Community Briefs

History Museum ‘Catches the Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its sixth annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. today at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The Craftsman-style house will be festooned in 1930s-era decorations, and a pianist will play holiday tunes in the living room. Los Altos resident Diane Simmons’ collection of 52 antique Raggedy Ann dolls will be on display.

Los Altos Rotary Club distributes grants to local nonprofit groups

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Rotary Club of Los Altos grants chairman Lonnie Gary, left, and Rotarian Kendra Gjerseth, third from left, join representatives of nonprofit groups that received club funding.

Funds earned at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park fundraiser in May will go back into the community.

Lonnie Gary, the club’s grant chairman, presented $30,000 in Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund fall grants Nov. 3 to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations.

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